Map of McGrath area
McGrath station history
McGrath annual temperature history plot (uncorrected)
McGrath monthly temperature history plot (uncorrected)
McGrath time of day correction plot


Map of McGrath Area

McGrath area, from USGS McGrath (D-6 quad), 1958. Section lines are 1 mile apart and contours are in feet. River channels may have changed.

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McGrath Station History

Located on Kuskokwim River, about halfway between Fairbanks and Yukon- Kuskokwim delta. Current coordinates 62 degrees 58' N, 155 degrees 37' W, elevation 344 feet. 1941-present. Data quality excellent, virtually no missing data. Possible moves 1941- 1942, temperature height increased from 5' to 7' in 1950. Only major move 0.2 miles N in 1965; HO6 series hygrothermometer added and sensors raised to 8' at this time.

Observations at midnight until 6/29/76; 6 pm thereafter (effectively 5 pm since 10/31/83 time zone change.) This is according to NCDC files; may have gone back to midnight. Fairbanks NOAA WS office considers this possibly the best station in the Interior.

Observer FAA/CAA until 1942, then USWS.

Length short, data continuity excellent, site continuity fairly good. May need correction for 1965 move and observation time change.

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McGrath Temperature History

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Geophysical InstituteInt'l Arctic Research Center